Patterson as WICB head
IN A PREVIOUS LETTER to this newspaper, I queried whether the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) or the West Indies players and their representative body, the West Indies Players’ Association (WIPA), had sought legal advice before deciding to abandon the tour of India.
I also enquired whether the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has advised the WICB and the West Indies players in India of the possible consequences of their proposed action before the tour was aborted.
I concluded that the top leadership of the WIBC, WIPA and the West Indies players in India should pay the full penalty for subjecting West Indies cricket and people to such an embarrassing debacle.
The WICB could then invite P.J. Patterson to serve as president for two to four years. He could then negotiate a settlement with the BCCI, implement appropriate constitutional, administrative, financial and other reforms to put the WICB on a sound basis.
Patterson could be advised by a nine-member panel drawn from such people as Dr Rudi Webster, Owen Arthur, Tony Cozier, former West Indies cricketers, and so on.
– NICHOLAS HEADLEY